Welcome to the TUM Institute for LifeLong Learning Podcast

Now on to our second podcast series presented by TUM Institute for LifeLong Learning, we continue to dive into the work of our TUM community and share their vision of how their research can help to improve and develop the world we live in. Our second series on “The Competitive Edge.” examines where science and technology meet the world of sport.

A quest to uncover interesting and informative topics while learning a little more about the human stories behind them. Subscribe on Spotify, Anchor.fm, Apple Podcasts or Google Podcasts so as never to miss an episode.

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The Competitive Edge.

How can science give us an edge in the gladiatorial arenas of the 21st Century: This series explores the latest in sport and health science to discover where research is driving the development of sport. What motivates top-level competitors and how does technology influence the way they perform, limit their injuries and shape the disciplines in which they compete?

Episode 1 – Choking under Pressure

  • Dr. Vanessa Wergin

In this episode we speak to Dr. Vanessa Wergin, a researcher at TUM’s Chair of Sport Psychology and an expert in team psychology and emotional regulation in team sports. Dr. Wergin speaks to us about collective team collapse, a phenomenon within competitive sport that can be perceived as an entire group failing together. We explore the psychology behind this sudden dip in performance within teams, and Dr. Wergin shares insights into how it happens and some tips on how we might be better prepared to combat it.
If you would like to find out more about sports psychology and the topic of collective team collapse, please see the following resources:


Music: "Beauty Inside" by Soundroll and "Celebration" by Zac Nelson
Artwork: Katharina Quitter

Episode 2 – ArbITer: Informatics and Refereeing

  • Dr. Otto Kolbinger

In this episode we speak to Dr. Otto Kolbinger, a research associate at TUM’s Chair of Performance Analysis and Sports Informatics. We dive into one of the fastest developing and most controversial areas of sports: Technological Officiating Aids (TOAs). Dr. Kolbinger shares insights from his research on the use of technology in sport to support refereeing and umpiring decisions. We discuss the drivers behind the use of TOAs, their impact on viewer experience and how it might be optimised to better serve competitors and spectators.
... as technology takes more and more of a role in competitive sport, will human referees ever become obsolete?
If you would like to find out more about TOAs or sports informatics in general please see the following resources as recommended by Dr. Kolbinger:


Music: "Beauty Inside" by Soundroll and "Celebration" by Zac Nelson
Artwork: Katharina Quitter

Episode 3 – The Science of Sport Equipment

  • Bahador Keshvari M.Sc.

In this episode we speak to Bahador Keshvari, a researcher at TUM's Professorship for Sport Equipment and Sport Material - and discuss the importance of shoes to competitive sport, and the science behind their development.
Shoes play an important role in most disciplines, and there use in athletics has become ever more controversial as materials science pushes performance of competitors beyond what was previously possible.
What drives the development of sport shoes? ... and how can they be designed to help athletes be more safe and successful?
If you would like to find out more about sport materials, or the importance of shoes in competitive (and uncompetitive!) sport, please see the following resources recommend by Bahador:


Music: "Beauty Inside" by Soundroll and "Celebration" by Zac Nelson
Artwork: Katharina Quitter

Episode 4 – How to Fuel an Athlete

  • Helena Engel M.Sc.

In this episode we dive into the world of sport nutrition. We speak with Helena Engel, a researcher from TUM’s Professorship for Exercise, Nutrition and Health and an active sports nutritionist working within the German Ski Association.
Helena tells us about her research in the area of “energy balance” and the importance of ensuring athletes get the right food to meet the high energy demands of Alpine skiing. Listen in to find out more about the importance of nutrition to athletes and the science behind calorie consumption during a grueling season in the mountains.
If you would like to find out more about sport nutrition, please see the following resources recommend by Helena:

  • Burke, L. (2007) Practical Sports Nutrition
  • Jeukendrup, J. (2018) Sport Nutrition

Music: "Beauty Inside" by Soundroll and "Celebration" by Zac Nelson
Artwork: Katharina Quitter

Speakers

Vivian Vanessa Wergin/ Bayernwerk AG

Dr. Wergin is a sports psychologist at TUM’s Chair of Sport Psychology and an expert in team psychology and emotional regulation in team sports. Dr. Wergin has been deep in the field of Psychology for over 10 years, completing her Bachelor and Master’s studies at the Goethe University in Frankfurt, before coming to TUM in 2015 to do her doctorate, staying on within the research team of Professor Beckmann after its completion in 2019.

Chair of Performance Analysis and Sports Informatics

Dr. Kolbinger has been a Research Associate at TUM’s Chair of Performance Analysis and Sports Informatics since 2013. His research focuses on the uncharted area of the development of rules in sports, using a broad range of methods, from classical tools of performance analysis to state of the art text mining approaches to analyze reactions of stakeholders.

In his time at the Chair he has also directed projects for the evaluation of the goal line technology and the vanishing spray commissioned by Germany’s Football League (DFL) as well as leading a media enhancement project in collaboration with Spiegel Online.

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Bahador Keshvari is a researcher and PhD candidate at the TUM Professorship of Sport Equipment and Sport Materials. Bahador began his studies in Industrial Engineering in his native Iran in 2005, before completing his Masters at the University of Technology in Malaysia. Since 2013 Bahador has been a member of the team working under Professor Veit Senner, conducting research focused on the analysis and improvement of sports equipment, making it both safer and more competitive.

Bahador has worked in a number of projects which look at the importance of what we wear on our feet, as well as what’s beneath.

TUM Department of Sport and Health Sciences

Helena Engel is a researcher in the field of sports nutrition and has been a member of TUM’s Professorship for Exercise, Nutrition and Health since the start of 2020. She completed her Bachelor’s in nutritional sciences at TUM, before going on to collect two Masters Degrees in Diagnostics and Training at TUM and then in Sport Nutrition at Liverpool’s John Moores University.

Alongside her research, Helena is an active sports nutritionist working within the German Ski Association and is the go-to consultant for the majority of their teams and individual athletes across all age levels and disciplines.

Sustainability. Time to Change.

Sustainability as the most pressing topic of our generation: Join us in a discussion of some of key areas within TUM’s research community and discover what steps are being taken to build the foundations of a sustainable future.

Episode 1 - Climate Policy

  • Prof. Dr. Schreurs

In this episode we speak with Professor Miranda Schreurs, Head of the Professorship of Environmental and Climate Policy in the TUM School of Governance. She shares her insights into the current state of climate policy, the challenges facing governments and a few tips on how we can make a difference. If you want to find out more, please explore the further resources recommended by Professor Dr. Schreurs:

Music: "Beauty Inside" by Soundroll and "Celebration" by Zac Nelson
Artwork: Katharina Quitter

Episode 2 - Alternative Fuels (in German)

  • Prof. Dr. Burger

(PODCAST IN GERMAN) In this episode we speak with Professor Jakob Burger, Director of the Laboratory of Chemical Process Engineering at the Campus Straubing for Biotechnology and Sustainability. We explore the topic of alternative fuels and ask what contribution they can make to the future of energy supply and mobility. We explore Campus Straubing’s role as a serious player in the race for significant global emission reduction and climate neutrality by 2050. In doing so, we find that there might be more to the future of sustainable mobility than we think…

Further resources:

  • TUM Campus Straubing for Biotechnology and Sustainability
  • TUM Laboratory for Chemical Process Engineering
  • Press Release on the new demonstration plan for synthetic fuels (German)
  • TV feature on BR about Prof. Burger and the demonstration plant for synthetic fuel production at TUM Campus Straubing (German)

    Music: "Beauty Inside" by Soundroll and "Celebration" by Zac Nelson
    Artwork: Katharina Quitter

  • Episode 3 – The Changing Face of Energy

    • Susanne Kurowski, M.Sc.

    In this episode we speak with by Susanne Kurowski, a researcher at TUM’s Professorship for Innovation & Technology Management. She shares her insights into a transition to clean energy, the start-ups driving these changes and their struggles with sourcing funding and surviving the “Valley of Death”. If you want to find out more, please see the following articles recommended by Susanne during the podcast:

  • Goldstein et al. (2020)
  • Doblinger et al. (2019)
  • Breakthorugh Energy (2021)

  • Music: "Beauty Inside" by Soundroll and "Celebration" by Zac Nelson
    Artwork: Katharina Quitter

    Episode 4 – Political Regimes & Digitainability

    • Professor Stefan Wurster and Dr. Markus Siewert

    (PODCAST IN GERMAN)
    In this episode we speak with Professor Stefan Wurster and Dr. Markus Siewert from the TUM Professorship for Policy Analysis. Within two halves of the podcast we explore ecological sustainability in autocracies and democracies, what can we learn by comparing political regimes both internationally and within federal systems? In the second half of the podcast we explore the pressing topic of "Digitainability" and how TUM looks to play a leading role in the design of digital and sustainable transformation processees, bringing together two megatrends and the promotion of sustainable digitilization. If you want to find out more, please read more about the Professorship for Policy Analysis, and the project Digitanability here:

  • TUM Professorship for Policy Analysis
  • Digitainability
  • Information at Bundeszentrale für politische Bildung (German only):
  • Democracy
  • Climate Change
  • Digital Disinformation

  • Music: "Beauty Inside" by Soundroll and "Celebration" by Zac Nelson
    Artwork: Katharina Quitter

    Episode 5 – Urban Mobility & the 15 Minute City

    • Elias Pajares M.Sc.

    In this episode we speak with Elias Pajares, a researcher from the TUM Chair of Urban Structure and Transport Planning and co-founder of Plan4Better, a start-up whose offering helps urban planners analyse and design easier, better, and more open urban spaces.
    We explore the topic of urban mobility, the concept of the 15-minute city and find out more about Plan4Better’s key software offering “GOAT” and how it is helping urban planners and decision makers shape more sustainable cities for the future.
    If you would like to find out more about sustainable urban mobility and planning, check out the following resources recommended by Elias:

  • Plan4Better
  • TUM Accessibility Planning (LinkedIn channel)
  • ModiData BW Podcast (in German)
  • European Cooperation in Science & Technology: Instruments for Urban Planning
  • C40 Cities
  • Academic Paper: “Accessibility by proximity: Addressing the lack of interactive accessibility instruments for active mobility”


  • Music: "Beauty Inside" by Soundroll and "Celebration" by Zac Nelson
    Artwork: Katharina Quitter

    Episode 6 – Green City of the Future

    • Dr. Simone Linke

    In this episode we speak with Dr. Simone Linke, Research Fellow at the TUM Chair of Energy Efficient and Sustainable Design and Building, and an expert in urban design.
    Dr. Linke shares insights into her current project, “Green City of the Future”, where she works in an interdisciplinary team looking at how green infrastructure can help cities be better adapted and protected in the face of climate change. How can we better plan and build cities to be more green? What are the tangible benefits? … and what is getting in the way?

    To read more about the project and sustainable urban planning, please see the below:

  • Green City of the Future
  • TUM Chair for Strategic Landscape Planning and Management
  • TUM Centre for Urban Ecology and Climate Adaptation
  • TUM Chair of Urban Water Systems Engineering
  • TUM Chair of Forest Growth and Yield Science
  • BGMR Landscape Architects (German only)
  • Ramboll Studio Dreiseitl
  • Deutsche Wetterdienst
  • Sieker (German only)
  • Immorisk (German only)

  • Music: "Beauty Inside" by Soundroll and "Celebration" by Zac Nelson
    Artwork: Katharina Quitter

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    Behind the scenes of the first TUM Institute for LifeLong Learning podcast session: Hosts Thomas Münch and John Pye with Prof. Dr. Schreurs (from left to right).

    Speakers

    Foto: Andreas Heddergott

    Prof. Dr. Miranda Schreurs holds the Professorship for Environment and Climate Policy at TUM School of Governance and Bavarian School of Public Policy. Schreurs’ main research areas are in international and comparative climate policy, environmental politics, and low-carbon energy transitions. She is involved in projects examining the energy transitions in Germany and Japan; climate policies of Europe, the United States, and China; and the politics of high-level radioactive waste disposal. In 2011 Schreurs was appointed by Chancellor Angela Merkel as a member of the German Ethics Commission on a Safe Energy Supply.

     

    Foto: Andreas Heddergott

    Professor Burger (b. 1984) works on the conceptual design of processes in chemistry and biotechnology. In a very impressive new demonstration plant at Campus Straubing he and his team conduct – amongst other projects – research on alternative fuels with ready for use synthetic fuel as final product – driven by the theme “Process Design for Mastering the Raw Material Change.

    Foto: Professorship for Innovation and Technology Management

    Susanne Kurowski is a Research Associate at the Professorship for Innovation and Technology Management at the Technical University of Munich. She joined the team of Prof. Dr. Doblinger in December 2018. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Management & Technology and a master’s degree in Sustainable Resource Management, both from the Technical University of Munich.

    Foto: Astrid Eckert

    Professor Wurster is the head of the TUM Professorship for Policy Analysis where he conducts research on policy analysis in areas closely linked to sustainability such as education, research, innovation, environmental policy and energy policy. His specific research interests include the comparison of democracies and autocracies as well as different instruments of policy regulation.

    Foto: Astrid Eckert

    Dr. Siewert is a research fellow at the TUM Professorship for Policy Analysis where he works on issues related to government performance in established democracies and its institutional and political determinants. He also has strong a methodological expertise in qualitative methods dealing with (causal) inference, inter alia, Qualitative Comparative Analysis (QCA), Process Tracing and other case study designs, as well as the integration of strategies in multimethod research.

    Foto: Chair of Urban Structure and Transport Planning

    Elias Pajares started working at TUM’s Chair of Urban Structure and Transport Planning in 2018. He is working in the development of sustainable mobility concepts, GIS modelling and the development of interactive accessibility instruments. One focus of his work is the development of Geo Open Accessibility Tool (GOAT), which is now a key software offering for a start-up he co-founded: Plan4Better.

    Foto: © Astrid Eckert

    Dr. Simone Linke, Research Fellow at the Chair of Energy Efficient and Sustainable Design and Building and an expert in urban design. She completed her studies in urban design in 2012 at the TU Berlin, and has since worked in a number of urban planning positions in both the private and public sector. Dr. Linke joined TUM as a research fellow in 2014 and successfully completing her doctorate at Eberhard Karls University in Tübingen in 2018.

    Hosts

    Thomas Münch is a Senior Manager for Digital Innovations and Leadership at TUM Institute for LifeLong Learning. He is specialized in the areas of Business and Innovation Coaching, Educational Technology (EdTech), Leadership and Business Transformation. Together with John Pye, he is one of the hosts and producers of the TUM Institute for LifeLong Learning podcast.

     

     

    John Pye is Manager for International Relations and Alliances at TUM Institute for LifeLong Learning. Previously, he worked as a Policy Advisor to the British Government. He holds a Masters Degree in International Relations from University of St. Andrews in Scotland. Together with Thomas Münch, he is one of the hosts and producers of the TUM Institute for LifeLong Learning podcast.

     

     

     

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